Friday, May 25, 2018

Dandelions are Delicious

You might think that dandelions are nothing but pesky weeds. But having a patch of those flowers growing in your yard is like having a goldmine right on your doorstep! In fact, as long as your lawn isn’t chemically treated*, you can eat every part of a dandelion plant—and it can be especially effective against indigestion, kidney, and liver problems. Try tossing young dandelion leaves in salads, steam them, or whip up one of these tasty beverages:

Dandelion Tea. Boil 2 teaspoons of fresh, chopped dandelion roots and leaves with ½ cup of spring water in a pan. Remove the pan from the heat, let the liquid steep for 15 minutes, and strain before drinking. Make a cup two or three times a day.

Dandy Dandelion Wine. Mix the juice and rinds of 4 lemons and 4 oranges with a gallon bucketful of dandelion blooms (no stems) and 2 gallons of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, and continue boiling for 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, and let it sit for 24 hours. Then strain the mixture into a large glass jar, and stir in eight cups of sugar and 1 package of baker’s yeast. Cover the container, and leave it in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Then strain again before serving.

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*Be sure to only use dandelions from unsprayed lawns. Always rinse dandelion plants before consuming or adding to any recipes.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Got Allergies?

This spring’s pollen count is bringing misery to allergy sufferers around the country—so it’s time to take a stand! Check out these quick-fix solutions: 
  • If a bowl of hot-and-sour soup or a dish of spicy chili doesn’t clear your stuffy nose, probably nothing will. Spicy, hot food clears out blocked nasal passages and loosens mucus.
  • Horseradish clears passages from the nose right up into the sinuses. This is a powerful potion that’s best taken raw: Just grate some horseradish into a glass of tomato juice, mix it up with your favorite salsa, or eat it right off the stalk!
  • Use eucalyptus soap in your daily shower. The scent and hot steam will open your clogged nasal passages.
  • Soak a washcloth in the hottest water you can stand, wring it out, and lay it across your nose and sinuses for a while. If you keep the cloth as hot as you can, it’ll loosen and liquefy mucus. 
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Friday, May 11, 2018

An Afternoon Snack for Your Yard

Your kitchen is full of green thumb magic that’s just waiting to be unleashed! For starters, check out these fast food fixes that will help get your garden in tip-top shape: 

Apple juice. If your lawn is looking spotty or lighter in color, pay attention—it’s begging for food! So give it a hearty meal of this down-home fertilizer, then stand back and watch it grow: In a large bucket, mix 1 can of beer, 1 can of cola (not diet), 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup of lemon-scented dishwashing liquid, 1 cup of ammonia, and 1 cup of all-purpose plant food (15-30-15 is good). Pour 1 quart of the mix into a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer, and apply it to everything in your yard to the point of runoff. Repeat every three weeks during the growing season, and you’ll see fantastic results! 

Muffin cups. After you’ve used paper muffin cups for their intended purpose of baking, you can still put them to work in your garden. Just toss ‘em into the compost bin or bury them in the soil, muffin crumbs and all. In no time, they will decompose into plant-pleasing snacks.

Peanut butter. You’ll love making these treats—and your fine-feathered friends will love eating them! Simply mix peanut butter with enough whole-wheat flour to form a dough. Shape the dough into baseball-sized mounds, and freeze them. When you're ready to hang one in the yard, cut a section from a mesh produce bag, and wrap it around the frozen sphere. Tie the bag closed, and hang it from a sturdy tree branch. You'll have a blast watching the birds flock to your yard!

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Friday, May 04, 2018

Potted Plants on the Job

Container gardening is becoming more and more popular every year. And did you know that some plants actually perform better when planted that way? It's true! Plus, here are five more great reasons to give plants in pots a shot:

The Right Soil. You can amend the potting mix to suit the needs of any potted plant—which is not always possible to do in your outdoor garden.
Protection. Plants in containers are safe from most of the soil-borne pests and diseases that thrive in open ground.
Boundaries. Some plants can take over an entire garden in a single season when planted in the ground. Pots or planter boxes will help to restrict their growth safely.
Weather. Containers enable you to grow plants that could never survive in your in-ground garden. When the weather turns too hot or too cold, all you need to do is whisk both plant and pot indoors.
Visual Appeal. No matter how well you tend to your garden, you will be faced with empty spots now and then. When your garden starts to look sparse, just liven up your scene with potted annuals or bulbs!

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Work Up to Working Out

If warm spring temperatures are inspiring you to get active and shape up, that’s great! Just make sure to do things the right way to avoid pain or injury. Here are six rules to stick to when jumping into a fitness routine: 

Warm up. Muscle tissue becomes less flexible as we age. So warm up by walking for a few minutes, then slowly begin stretching your back and legs before moving on to more intense movement. 
Work up to it. When starting a new fitness routine, increase your activity in gradual increments of no more than 10 percent a week.
Treat your feet. Your shoes can help protect you from trips, falls, and injuries, so choose the right type for the sport or activity you plan to participate in. Ask other players, coaches, and the staff at your local sporting goods store for recommendations.
Perfect your technique. Some injuries (like tennis elbow) happen when you're unfamiliar with a sport and are making improper movements. So if you're trying out an activity you’ve never done before, get some coaching or do some research before diving in.
Wear a helmet. Did you know that adults are twice as likely as kids to die from a head injury? So if you ride a bike, play baseball, or rollerblade, always wear the proper headgear. 
Hydrate. Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration and replenish the fluids and nutrients you lose during workouts. Have a glass of water before you begin, and take a break every 20 to 30 minutes for more.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Happy Earth Day!

This coming Sunday is Earth Day. So go ahead and get the ball rolling in your own backyard by starting a compost pile! Whether you decide to use it as a mulch or mix it into your  soil, you can never have too much compost for the garden. Here’s a few helpful hints and tricks to keep your pile really cookin’:
  • Never use meat, fish scraps, or cooking fats in your compost pile. They’ll attract varmints and insects, cause bad odors, and slow down decomposition of the pile. 
  • Whether it comes from a human or any other kind of animal, hair is full of iron, manganese, and sulfur—all good stuff for your garden. Work it into the soil or toss it onto the compost pile, and watch your plants eat it up! 
  • Give your compost pile the air it needs for speedy decomposition—without having to turn the pile with a pitchfork every few weeks! Just drill holes along the length of a large PVC pipe, place the pipe upright in the center of the pile, and add your compost materials around it.
  • If you don’t have the time or space to for a full-scale compost pile, try this trick instead: Save your non-meat table scraps—citrus rinds, potato peelings, eggshells, coffee grounds, and so on. Every few days, liquefy the scraps in a blender along with enough water to cover them and a tablespoon of Epsom salts. Pour the resulting cocktail onto the soil in your garden, lightly hoe it in, and your plants will jump for joy! 
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Wake Up Your Lawn!

Now that spring has sprung, it’s the right time to get your lawn off on the right foot—er, root. And there’s no better way to do it than to apply our Spring Wake-Up Mix. Here’s how:

Mix 50 pounds of pelletized gypsum, 50 pounds of pelletized lime, 5 pounds of bonemeal, and 2 pounds of Epsom salts in a wheelbarrow. Apply the mixture to your lawn with a broadcast spreader no more than two weeks before your first fertilizing. This will help aerate the lawn, while giving it something to munch on until you start your regular feeding program.

Spring is also a super time to aerate your lawn. For best results, aerate the morning after you water the grass or after a heavy rain because the soil will be easier to penetrate then. First, poke holes in your soil easily with our Aerating Lawn Sandals. Then, put some sifted peat moss, dried manure, or compost in a broadcast spreader, and apply a layer about ¼ inch thick to the whole area.

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